I’ve been struggling with this a lot as I get older. Was the Manifest Destiny an evil philosophy? I’m pretty sure I’ve been told that the ends cannot be used to justify the means. But look at all the good that has been done through expanding America from East to West. And imagine what the world would be like if the Spanish hadn’t colonized and spread Christianity across much of the globe.
I expect to receive majority answers that yes, it is wrong. But I feel like if the question were asked 50 years ago I’d get a lot more no’s. Imperialism and conquest are so heavily frowned upon in our society, but certainly not long ago that wasn’t the case. People used to be proud of their nations, and used to seek glory for them. This is so common even in the Old Testament.